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July 18, 2018   |  U.S. Census
Recruiting enough workers to fill the hundreds of thousands of temporary positions needed to take the 2020 Census won’t be easy, given the current economic climate, but the Census Bureau is more than up to the challenge.


June 13, 2018
Four Georgia communities developed and will implement smart design solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the state. The projects, which tackle housing, traffic congestion, sea level rise and shared autonomous vehicles, are supported through the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge.


May 22, 2018   |  State Purchasing Division of the Department of Administrative Services
HB 489 was passed by the General Assembly during the 2018 Legislative Session and will become effective on July 1st, 2018. HB 489 requires that any bid or proposal extended by a county, municipal corporation or local board of education for goods and services valued at $10,000 or more and any bid or proposal opportunity extended for public works subject to Chapter 91 of Title 36 of the O.C.G.A. be posted on the Georgia Procurement Registry (GPR).


May 21, 2018
It all started with a Snow Day Photo Contest. In January, the city of Jesup saw its first snow day in 30 years, and City Clerk and Treasurer Rose Marcus-Jackson knew that was the perfect time to engage residents and encourage them to show off their photography skills.


May 14, 2018
With the approach of the mid-term elections, the departure in April of DJ Gribbin, the President’s infrastructure adviser, and divisions in Congress over how to pay for a complex plan to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, ports, and rural broadband, it is likely that the development of a comprehensive infrastructure package will be pushed into early 2019. Lawmakers are still working on a broad plan, but their immediate task is to meet legislative deadlines for existing programs, including authorization for aviation and water resources programs, as well as approving Farm Bill legislation.


April 18, 2018   |  Governing Magazine
Hiring police officers is much harder than it used to be. To stay competitive, some departments are getting creative in their recruiting efforts and offer more generous compensation.


April 17, 2018
March 10-15 was a busy week for Georgia city officials in Washington, D.C. for the National League of Cities’ Congressional Cities Conference. A total of 78 Georgia city officials and GMA staff participated in the conference, which focused on municipal federal advocacy priorities including infrastructure funding and preemption of local authority over telecommunications regulations.


April 12, 2018
The city of Newnan will host a new outdoor film series on Friday, April 27, during Georgia Cities Week. “The Founder” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Greene,” which were both filmed in Newnan, will be shown on the sides of buildings located in the city.


April 10, 2018   |  U.S. Department of the Treasury
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) designated Opportunity Zones in 18 States including Georgia. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created Opportunity Zones to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country. New investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment.


March 29, 2018   |  Georgia Geospatial Information Office
Imagery is widely used throughout every level of government in Georgia, to support efforts such as economic development, infrastructure management, transportation planning, public works, public safety, tax assessment and emergency management. The imagery covers the entire State, and is for all government to use as a base map to better facilitate delivery of services to the citizens of Georgia.


March 15, 2018
In a decision issued today in the case of City of Union Point v. Greene County, the Supreme Court of Georgia reversed the order of the trial court that found portions of the Service Delivery Act (SDS Act) unconstitutional. Specifically, the Court found that the judicial dispute resolution process was constitutional and rejected the trial court’s reliance on Turner County v. City of Ashburn, 293 Ga. 739 (2013).


March 1, 2018
GMA has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Atlanta for 2018 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. GMA was ranked 36 among 75 small workplaces in Atlanta.


February 20, 2018
Past and present GMA lead­ers met at the Atlanta Com­merce Club on Sunday, Jan. 21 for the association’s first Past Presidents’ Dinner. Laughter and memories filled the eve­ning as 21 past presidents and their spouses joined three for­mer executive directors, Lamar Norton, Jim Higdon and Jim Burgess; GMA’s current Execu­tive Director Larry Hanson, and GMA officers.


February 19, 2018
On Dec. 19, Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Councilmember Quincy Holton were recognized with the Life­time Service Award from GMA. Gravitt was recognized for his 51 years of ser­vice to the city, and Holton was rec­ognized for his 49 years of service to Cumming.


January 25, 2018   |  Mayor Phil Best of Dublin, GMA's Second Vice President
Fourteen Georgia mayors were among 100 mayors from around the country who met with President Donald Trump this week for “Mayors’ Day at the White House: A Conversation with President Trump.” 


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